Juventus v Fiorentina preview

Fiorentina return to Turin on Thursday for a second meeting with Juventus in the space of five days to play the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Last Updated: 12/03/14 at 15:29

Vincenzo Montella: Preparing Fiorentina for Juventus clash

Vincenzo Montella: Preparing Fiorentina for Juventus clash

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Florence outfit fought hard but lost 1-0 to Juve in Serie A on Sunday to fall 10 points behind Napoli in the race for Champions League football next season.

"I want my team to pick up where they left off in the second half against Juventus on Sunday," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said.

"I was satisfied with my team's performance and we have to have confidence in view of Thursday's match.

"Juventus are strong but I think we can have a say."

The Viola have been a force in Italy this season and can approach the tie with confidence as they are the only side to have beaten Juve in Serie A, a 4-2 triumph in October, while they have reached the Coppa Italia final.

In the Europa League, Montella's team topped Group E before dumping out Esbjerg in the last 32.

"I expect a battling Fiorentina," Juventus coach Antonio Conte said. "They will be determined to progress in the competition because they have little to play for in Serie A while we, in contrast, have a third straight Scudetto to work for.

"Fiorentina will try to put all that they have into this competition.

"Montella is a great coach and I think this tie will be a beautiful advert for Italian and European football."

Juve have the extra incentive of getting to the final because it will be held in their own stadium.

Moreover, they are keen to end their drought of European titles with their last coming in 1999, the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

"It would be fantastic to go all the way in this competition, it would allow us to grow from an international standpoint," Conte said.

Sunday's win, courtesy of Kwadwo Asamoah's goal, coupled with Roma's defeat at Napoli allowed Juve to take a giant step towards their third straight league title.

Juve are 14 points clear of Roma at the top of the standings.

"We are doing well but the Scudetto race is not over and there are still 11 games left to play," Conte said."We needed three points on Sunday and we've got that.

"Now we face the Europa League and this becomes the game of our lives."

Fiorentina, who host Juve in the return leg on March 20, will be bolstered by the return of Borja Valero after the midfielder missed Sunday's game through suspension.

The Viola will be without Spanish winger Joaquin, who is sidelined with a muscular injury sustained in training.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Europa League Fixtures

There are no fixtures at present.

Footer 365

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will move on without Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Transfer news: Liverpool appear to be close to completing a deal for Loic Remy

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Loic Remy with the French forward reportedly having his medical in Boston.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward says Manchester United are still global giant

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward insists the club are still the biggest in the world.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property